15 Nov Help! There’s paint on my carpet!
Don’t panic if you spilled paint onto your carpet while doing some touch-up painting! There are a few things you can do to remove the paint. Most importantly, try to remove the paint while it’s still wet.
Removing dry paint from carpeting is a bit tougher but not necessarily impossible. The easiest paint to remove is latex because it’s water-soluble. Oil-based is harder to remove, particularly if it’s dried.
- Scrape off as much of the dried paint as you can. You can use a knife or something similar to scrape the paint on the carpet.
- Once you’ve scraped off as much as possible, saturate the remaining dried paint with water, and let it stand for several minutes. Then use a wet/dry vacuum to suction away as much remaining paint and moisture as possible. You might need to repeat this process several times.
- If you still have some paint stains, add ¼ teaspoon of dishwashing detergent to 32 ounces of water in a spray bottle. Spray the solution onto the paint stain and gently scrub the area with a stiff brush. Be careful not to damage the carpet fibers while brushing. Continue spraying and cleaning the carpet area with the brush to remove the paint.
- If the stain remains, it’s time to take things up a notch. Follow the steps below for treating an oil-based paint stain.
Here are three tips for dealing with hard to remove latex paint or oil-based paint:
- Clean the stained area with a steam cleaner to remove the paint. You might need to repeat this several times to remove as much of the paint stain as possible.
- Next, apply a small amount of paint thinner, acetone, or hydrogen peroxide to a cloth rag and blot the stain. Repeat as needed. Keep in mind that this might cause some discoloration of the carpet!
- If the carpet has plush fibers, you could cut off the paint-stained fibers to remove paint from the fiber tips. Be sure to cut as little as possible, or you risk creating a bare patch on the carpet.
If you’re still struggling to remove a paint stain after trying any of these steps, we suggest consulting a professional carpet cleaner. Good luck!
Mike Katounas is the owner of Home Works Painting, a painting business in Northern Virginia. He has over 15 years of experience in residential interior and exterior painting, drywall installation/repair, carpentry, wallpaper removal, power washing, commercial painting, color consultation, and staining/sealing. Their service areas include Chantilly, Fairfax, Herndon, Oakton, Reston. Mike takes pride in his work, and he always follows a strict code of conduct that includes the use of quality paint, a clean workspace, and an honest, respectful approach to his customers.